The Wanted To the uninitiated, finding the differences between this English-Irish boy band and their fellow U.K. quintet One Direction is like splitting carefully gelled hairs. After… The Wanted To the uninitiated, finding the differences between this English-Irish boy band and their fellow U.K. quintet One Direction is like splitting carefully gelled hairs. After… 2012-04-24 The Wanted Pop Mercury
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The Wanted (2012)

BOY BAND INVASION The English-Irish quintet release dance-ready tracks for the high school set
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BOY BAND INVASION The English-Irish quintet release dance-ready tracks for the high school set
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 24, 2012; Lead Performance: The Wanted; Genre: Pop; Production: Mercury

To the uninitiated, finding the differences between this English-Irish boy band and their fellow U.K. quintet One Direction is like splitting carefully gelled hairs. After all, they're both five-bloke packs of medium-good singers shilling Top 40-targeted jams. But if 1D have a lock on the slumber-party set, the Wanted are after their fake-ID-toting older sisters: Club-ready, irresistibly hooky tracks on The Wanted like ''Gold Forever'' and already ubiquitous ''Glad You Came'' (culled from the group's two hit British LPs) practically come with their own fog-and-laser shows. It's the perfect soundtrack for partying all night — but still sneaking home before your parents notice. B+

Originally posted May 04, 2012 Published in issue #1205 May 04, 2012 Order article reprints